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Nora Lustig

Non-Resident Fellow

Poverty, Inequality, Latin America


Ph.D. Economics: University of California, Berkeley


Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) and a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington, DC). Her current research focuses on assessing the incidence of taxation and social spending in over twenty countries around the world, and on the determinants of income distribution dynamics in Latin America. A sample of her most recent publications include ‘The Impact of Taxes and Social Spending on Inequality and Poverty in Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay,’ in Public Finance Review (2014); ‘Declining Inequality in Latin America in the 2000s: The Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico,’ World Development, Vol. 44, 129-141, 2013. (lead author); ‘Multidimensional Indices of Achievements and Poverty: What Do We Gain and What Do We Lose?’ Journal of Economic Inequality (2011); and, Declining Inequality in Latin America. A Decade of Progress? (Brookings Institution, 2010 and Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2012).  She is a founding member and past president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and was a co-director of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2000/1, Attacking Poverty.  She is currently the director of the Commitment to Equity project (CEQ), editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality ‘s Forum and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Development Network (GDN). Lustig received her doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  

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